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    Tentmakers thread?

    So I was watching the tentmakers of cairo applique on youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC5pVqWkSqQ
    (this one has a lady explaining it in English). It is fascinating that they use such a long needle and push with the side of their thimble. But what I want to know is where to get that thread that never tangles! even the commentator says the thread is so crummy we would never buy it, but I want some! I am sick and tired of thread tangles. Anyone know the thread type?

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    No. But have you tried a thread conditioner or some beeswax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    No. But have you tried a thread conditioner or some beeswax?
    Yes, (thanks for the reminder Peckish) but at the speed those guys applique, there is something more than beeswax and conditioner ....

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    Saw them in person at Lancaster a few years ago. They are amazing to watch. They work very rapidly. They don't agonize as some of us do and their efforts are gorgeous.

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    I also saw them at the Road To California quilt show a few years ago. They are very rough on their thread.
    They tug and pull with a lot of strength. I'm sure we'd all love to hear your opinion if you purchase a spool.
    Keep us posted.

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    Here is a fascinating video of a tentmaker's project from start to finish!! Not in English, but not needed. No pattern used!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNzTXZiXN00
    http://s1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh485/KitsieH/
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    Maybe they train themselves not to turn the needle as they sew. That is what tangles up the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Here is a fascinating video of a tentmaker's project from start to finish!! Not in English, but not needed. No pattern used!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNzTXZiXN00
    Thank you for steering me to this site. It was fascinating to watch. I also watched another one on that site and learned something really neat. ... that Paul didn't make tents. The Bible says he was a tentmaker, but not the tents we picture in our western world. He was a tentmaker like these guys. And the Bible backs it up. It says that when he went to a town, he lived with tentmakers and worked for them while he lived there. Wow, that it so revealing. Paul was a very well educated man, a Roman citizen, and an artist, too. Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    Maybe they train themselves not to turn the needle as they sew. That is what tangles up the thread.
    Agree! I was thinking the same thing.

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    If you thread your needle with the end of the thread that you cut from the spool, tie a knot in that same end. The run the thread through the bees wax, it will not tangle. Try it.

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    There is a new book about the Tentmakers coming out in July. The pattern books of the Tentmakers are very expensive. The title for the new book is:The Tentmakers of Cairo: Egypt's Medieval and Modern Appliqué Craft, pre sale on on Amazon for $25


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    Quote Originally Posted by kuntryquilter View Post
    If you thread your needle with the end of the thread that you cut from the spool, tie a knot in that same end. The run the thread through the bees wax, it will not tangle. Try it.
    This I did not know.....I will try this

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